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Q4 2018 

  • Universal Mail UK Update  

    Universal Mail UK is licensed to produce personalised stamp strips intended to be used on international postcards up to 10g. They are available from a variety of tourist attractions up and down the country.

    Recently, I have been trying to track down all the latest printings and re-prints as the last re-print I was aware of was back in January 2018. At that time 16 strips were re-reprinted with new date codes (01/18).

     

        

    Two of the new strips on offer from Universal Mail

    As part of this detective work involved I have discovered two strips which came from a re-print dated 07/17.

    They are:

    07/17 dated re-prints - 2 No.

    • UK0074 English Heritage Stonehenge Colour (07/17)
    • UK0075 English Heritage Stonehenge B&W (07/17)

    In addition I am advised that the following re-prints and new issues have now come to light for 2018.

    05/18 dated re-prints - 23 No.

    • UK0001 London Day
    • UK0002 London Night
    • UK0003 London Icons
    • UK0020 Scotland
    • UK0029 Historic Scotland Edinburgh
    • UK0038 Historic Scotland North
    • UK0041 Sussex
    • UK0043 Kent
    • UK0046 Bath
    • UK0051 Cambridge
    • UK0053 North West England
    • UK0055 South Wales
    • UK0057 Animals of Scotland
    • UK0058 Scottish Icons
    • UK0062 Inverness
    • UK0063 Isle of Sky
    • UK0064 North Wales Attractions
    • UK0072 St Pauls Cathedral
    • UK0100 Wiltshire
    • UK0103 Devon
    • UK0104 Dorset
    • UK0120 Cornwall
    • UK0152 Windsor

    09/18 dated re-prints and new strips - 29 strips

    • UK0001 London Day
    • UK0002 London Night
    • UK0003 London Icons
    • UK0007 London Eye
    • UK0020 Scotland
    • UK0023 Northern Ireland
    • UK0030 Historic Scotland Stirling
    • UK0036 Historic Scotland Central
    • UK0038 Historic Scotland North
    • UK0041 Sussex
    • UK0042 South England
    • UK0045 The West Country
    • UK0046 Bath
    • UK0051 Cambridge
    • UK0053 North West England
    • UK0055 South Wales
    • UK0057 Animals of Scotland
    • UK0058 Scottish Icons
    • UK0062 Inverness
    • UK0064 North Wales Attractions
    • UK0094 Lake District
    • UK0103 Devon
    • UK0104 Dorset
    • UK0119 Edinburgh
    • UK0120 Cornwall
    • UK0190 Office Queen Elizabeth II
    • UK0191 Official Queen Elizabeth II & Philip
    • UK0192 A British Christmas
    • UK0193 A Scottish Christmas

    I have a few complete sets of these and these are available for immediate dispatch on a first come first served basis priced at £432 + £7 Special Delivery (UK) or + £10 (overseas). Please send me an e-mail if you would like to reserve a set. 

    In due course I will update my collector guide covering these issues. (11/11)

    Post Note: It seems that some of the 05/18 strips may be in short supply despite only just finding out about them from Universal Mail - time for a little more detective work!! (20/11)

  • Year of The Pig from Royal Mail 

    Royal Mail have announced the eighth Generic Sheet in their Lunar New Year Generic Sheet series to be issued on the 15th November 2018. The ‘Year of the Pig’ runs from 5th February 2019 to 24th January 2020. 

    The labels are designed by hat-trick design and feature paper cut-outs both on the bright red background of the sheet and the labels representing the five elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The pictorial labels depict Lunar New Year festivities taking place in five UK locations and the remainder show five generic images related to the Lunar New Year. All the labels are complemented by the Fireworks definitive stamp. The Pig is the last of the 12 animals featured in the Lunar New Year with 2019 being the “Year of the Earth Pig,” and purports to be a year of fortune and luck also a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life. With Brexit looming let's hope so! (05/10)

  • Jersey Post Commemorative Sheet 

    A new Commemorative Sheet has been issued by Jersey Post to coincide with the second RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey which took place between 28-30 September 2018. The sheet contains twenty Jersey stamps affixed to stamp labels featuring images from the 2017 event.

    An annual event, RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey is a new championship series combining the three core triathlon disciplines but with an alternative approach to the Olympic standard. Points are awarded for three individual stages: the Triple Mix, the Equaliser and the Eliminator rounds. The world's best triathletes compete against each other in a mix of grueling short-course tracks and Olympic speed-racing during the event which is broadcast live to millions across the globe. We have a limited number of these sheets in stock priced £27.50 + incl. UK pp.  If interested please e-mail me in the first instance to arrange payment/delivery. (02/10)

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                                    Last updated: November 20, 2018